SPA / JSPA 2003 Meeting


Program Description

This will be the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA), but the first Joint Meeting of the SPA with its counterpart in Japan, the Japanese Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology (JSPA). As it becomes more apparent that practitioners of medicine, including anesthesia, around the world share many concerns and have much to learn from one another, the SPA and JSPA felt it would be useful to offer a combined meeting. Lectures will address many state-of-the-art issues in pediatric anesthesia as well as similarities and differences in the practice of medicine and (pediatric anesthesia in particular) in the two countries. The final topic of the day entitled "Beyond Borders" will review the history of the Nobel Prizes and truly highlights the intent of this international conference.

Simultaneous translation of all lectures will be provided in both English and Japanese, and there will be much time for discussion and interaction among participants. In addition, to help everyone learn about the hospitals where pediatric anesthesia is practiced in both countries, individuals are encouraged to present posters (with photographs) describing their hospitals. Finally, the program will conclude with a dinner buffet at the Museum of Modern Art which has been reserved for our exclusive use in the evening. This will feature a special musical performance by Fabio Mastrangelo, a pianist from Toronto, Canada and Sergei Slovachevsky, a cellist from St. Petersburg, Russia.

We hope you will enjoy this program and the opportunity to meet colleagues from around the world.

Program Co-Directors,

Katsuyuki Miyasaka, MD, PhD
Mark A. Rockoff, MD

Program Objectives

Innovative Approaches to the Surgical Neonate
This session will review state-of-the-art care for neonates with severe congenital anomalies. The recent interest in fetal surgery in the USA will be discussed from both the surgical perspective (by the pediatric surgeon who pioneered the development of this field) and from the anesthesia perspective (caring for both mother and fetus). An alternative approach to caring for infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia will be presented from the Japanese perspective.

The Upper Airway in Pediatric Anesthesia
This session will discuss the physiology of the upper airway, sleep apnea in infants and children, and the implications for pediatric anesthesiologists.

Medical and Anesthesia Care in Japan and the USA
This session will begin with an overview of the problems of healthcare delivery in both Japan and the USA. There will be then presentations about important issues in pediatric anesthesia training and practice in both countries.

Special Lecture: Beyond Borders - History of the Nobel Prizes
The history of the Nobel Prizes will be reviewed by the first anesthesiologist (and a pediatric anesthesiologist at that!) to head the Nobel Prize Committee for Medicine.

Evening Reception / San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Join your colleagues at the highly popular Annual Meeting Dinner Buffet Reception. This will be held from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, a short walk from the meeting's hotel. Attendees will be able to view the museum's exhibit halls and enjoy a special musical performance by Fabio Mastrangelo, a pianist from Toronto, Canada and Sergei Slovachevsky, a cellist from St. Petersburg, Russia. The cost for this event is included in the Annual Meeting Registration fee. Additional tickets for spouses or guests may be purchased in advance at $75.00 per person . (Unfortunately, the museum does not permit anyone under the age of 21 to attend.) Please check the appropriate box on the registration form and include the proper remittance with your registration fee.

Registration Deadline

Responses to previous SPA Annual Meeting Programs have been very positive. We recommend that you confirm your registration as early as possible. Preregistration deadline is September 1, 2003.

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